June 6 2016
A 22-year-old member of a landscape company’s crew is back at work, following a run-in with a snake that he won’t soon forget. Mitch Hattersley was clearing debris from a children’s play area at ...
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June 4 2016
For some of us in the green industry, our clients are thinking outside the fence. That’s right--they’re going green with their fences. Green fences use trees, bushes and a mixture of plants to cre ...
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June 3 2016
In 2003, the town of Maplewood, New Jersey, prohibited the use of leaf blowers louder than 65 decibels from May to November. That rule proved too difficult to enforce properly, and its ineffectiveness ...
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June 2 2016
Omaha, Nebraska, has been feeling under the weather of late. The spring has brought heavy rainfall and cool nights, which is great for growing grass, but not so good for local landscape businesses. Ko ...
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June 2 2016
Lee Scott owns Lee Landscapes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and like many landscape businesses, he has a large pile of wood on his property. Also like many landscape contractors, he harvests the wood fr ...
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June 1 2016
Historically, when a drought gets bad, there’s a predictable cycle that hits owners of irrigation systems hard. Water usage goes down, maintenance costs go up, and water agencies raise rates to keep ...
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June 1 2016
Several days ago in Irvine, California, a police officer spotted a silver van turning off a dirt road in the early hours of the morning. The officer decided it looked suspicious and pulled it over, bu ...
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May 31 2016
A surge of industrial growth in Midwestern states may be a sign of growth in American manufacturing. Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics in New York City, called the rec ...
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May 31 2016
Spring is always a hectic time for landscape contractors, but some companies in the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts are finding it especially difficult to meet demand. “It’s nuts,” said Bob Maf ...
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May 30 2016
The Toro Company recently released its second quarter earnings report for this year, which shows record earnings. As a result, the company’s board of directors has declared a quarterly cash di ...
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May 28 2016
Sunset Tree Service & Landscaping in Bay City, Michigan, was recently subject to a Cease Operation Order from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) following the disc ...
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May 27 2016
Most people are used to getting this question at the tail end of a visit to the local grocery store, but landscape contractors in Fairfax County, Virginia, may no longer be getting a choice in the mat ...
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May 27 2016
Ivy Munion, ASIC past president and owner of ISC Group in Livermore, California, passed away on May 23, 2016. She had been fighting cancer with her characteristic grit, determination and positive outl ...
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May 26 2016
The public is growing more and more aware of the environmental effects of their lawns, and the standards of beauty are changing. Alec Kowalewski, a turf grass specialist with the Oregon State Universi ...
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May 26 2016
Recent fires at Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada are having ripples in the oil markets, and landscape contractors are already feeling the burn. The wildfire, surprisingly early in the season, is in the ...
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May 25 2016
A couple of kids out mowing lawns recently on Detroit’s east side found something surprising in their rounds. The pair came across two grenades in a yard behind a home. The kids threw one of them, w ...
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May 25 2016
Briggs & Stratton recently received a patent for integrating a single-belt transmission drive system with suspension technology. This new system utilizes rigid control system linkages, which resul ...
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May 24 2016
A six-year legal battle over patent infringement recently ended between Beatrice, Nebraska-based Exmark and Wauwatosa, Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton, with the latter ordered to pay the former ...
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May 24 2016
In the Tampa Bay region of Florida, a disease known as Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (TPPD) is killing the area’s distinctive palm trees. Phoenix species of palm trees, like edible date palms, Canary I ...
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May 23 2016
The U.S. Department of Labor recently published a 508-page rule, changing the overtime laws for salaried workers, and here’s how it might affect you. The rule doubles the cap under which salaried w ...
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2015 STATUS REPORT

Click here to read IGIN's 2015 report on the state of the Green Industry